After 35 killings in Baltimore in May, Maryland crimes continue to increase. On Saturday, a man operating a Big Daddy ice cream truck was shot in broad daylight, surrounded by children waiting to buy ice cream.
New York Daily News reports that Brandon Brown, 22, was driving a Big Daddy ice cream truck through the Frederick housing complex off of Vermont Court, in Frederick, Maryland. He exited the truck at around 5 p.m.
A male approached Brown after he got out of the truck and shot him in the chest as children began to make a line to get ice cream. After extensive EMT efforts to resuscitate him, he died on the scene.
With the help of witnesses, the Frederick Police Department made an arrest in connection with the shooting early this morning. Larnell Tyran Lyles, 27, was taken into custody and charged with one felony count of 1st degree murder and one felony count of using a handgun in commission of committing a felony.
So far, authorities haven’t found a link between the suspect and the victim. However, in 2012, Brown assaulted someone during a marijuana transaction, which led to probation. There is a possibility the Lyles shot Brown in connection with the 2013 incident, but as of now, it’s just speculation, says Lt. Clark Pennington of the Frederick Police Department.
“There are a number of theories. That’s obviously one of them.”
Frederick county court records indicate that Lyle has had numerous arrests prior to the shooting. In 2009, he was arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Last year, he was arrested and charged with one felony count of assault in the 2nd degree and one felony count of carrying a concealed weapon.
So far there is no indication of how the children who witnessed the shooting are doing.
Although an arrest was made relatively quickly in the Frederick incident, the Baltimore Police Union indicated last month that police officers in Baltimore are now afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs.
According to the president of the union, Gene Ryan, criminals in Baltimore now feel entitled to commit more crimes without repercussions.
“Criminals feel empowered now. There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty.”
As Maryland crimes continue, many residents worry about how these types of incidents are affecting the young kids in the area. So far there is no indication on how the children who witnessed the shooting are doing. The investigation remains open and Lyles may face additional charges.
[Photo Courtesy of the Frederick Police Department]